Ian McKinven, a Travel Director for over 18 years, shares his top three things to see in Paris.
A Rainbow of Macaroons
Laduree is a French family business that has specialized in the making of luxury cakes and pastries since 1862. They are undoubtedly the best known makers of macaroons in the world and with good reason. When one thinks of macaroons one thinks of coconut. Not so with these delicious bite-size cakes that are crisp on the outside and soft, smooth and creamy in the center. The range of flavors ensures that there is always something for le ‘plaisir du palais’ — literally the pleasure of the palate. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, pistachio. I could go on! The selection is great and all are super delicious. There are several Laduree shops in Paris, the most recent having been opened in the shopping mall at the world famous Louvre museum.
Fine Perfume Beneath a Stunning Glass Dome
This is a freebie, but in my opinion one of the grandest sites in “The City of Light.” The Paris flagship of Galeries Lafayette started life as a simple haberdashery at the end of the 19th century. I strongly recommend that you to enter the perfumery department on the ground floor and simply lift your eyes to the heavens. This beautiful 10-story building is gloriously crowned by a magnificent dome of colored glass and wrought iron right out of the Bel Epoch. Simply spectacular!
Browsing For Books Along The Seine
Les Bouquinistes draws its name from the word “bouquin,” which means book and generally a second-hand book. Here alongside the banks of the River Seine we find these booksellers of used and antiquarian books. The Seine is thus described as the only river in the world that flows between two bookshelves. The green shuttered stalls are opened daily and offer not only books but post cards, prints and posters.
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